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Title:Making meaning out of high tech: A critical ethnographic retelling of personal stories about the information age
Author(s):Woodward, Wayne David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Christians, Clifford G.
Department / Program:Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Anthropology, Cultural
Mass Communications
Information Science
Abstract:The principal concern of this study is to explore the character and origins of people's everyday knowledge about phenomena that are typically considered as part of an "information age," "computer revolution," or "high-tech society." Based primarily on ethnographic interviews, the research attempts to elicit and to analyze narrative expressions of how people may connect these purportedly global phenomena with their own life stories, or personal biographies.
In line with an emerging literature of critical ethnography, as exemplified by James Clifford and George Marcus, among others, the study undertakes to link methodological analysis with substantive, theoretical findings. Drawing upon Gregory Ulmer's paradigm for developing forms of analysis that integrate three levels of discourse--personal, popular, and disciplinary--the study combines consideration of the ethnographic data with reflexive commentary on its own research methods, as well as on the contributing influence of personal and public symbols associated with technology.
The study is conceived ultimately as a contribution to a "theory of fictions" that James W. Carey joins with Clifford Geertz to call for as a principal contribution of cultural studies.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Woodward, Wayne David
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9124509
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9124509

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